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Academic Film Archive of North America

The mission of The Academic Film Archive of North America (AFA) is to acquire, preserve, document, and promote academic film by providing an archive, resource, and forum for continuing scholarly advancement and public exhibition. The AFA defines academic film as any film in the broad subject areas of the Humanities and Sciences which were sold into secondary school, university, and public libraries. Such films might have been made by educational film companies, television networks, non-profit organizations, business entities, or other institutions making films with the intent to educate. The AFA is the only institution in the U.S. dedicated to documenting the history of this imprtant film genre, now endangered by the movement by many media libraries to divest their film collections. The AFA also engages in special research projects, and documents and collects films that consist of rare or unusual material relating to social conventions and mores.

The AFA's holdings consist of approximately 6,000 16mm films. A recent audit indicated that approximately 12% of the AFA's collection consists of films that are no longer in distribution.

The objective of the Academic Film Archive as it relates to the Internet Archive is to provide public access to films that are no longer in distribution, thereby contributing significantly to the history of film, society, and education.

Please click www.afana.org for more information including biographies and filmographies of significant academic filmmakers.


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Academic Film Archive of North America
by Steven Condiotti
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From a story by Raymond Carver, filmed in El Cerrito,CA. Here, a sad man puts his possessions on in his front yard to sell, and two strangers arrive as buyers. They remain, to become part of the tableau. Two sets of relationships here are in a state of transition, in a beautiful, touching film that offers no concrete answers.
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Topic: relationships
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by William Deneen
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favorite 15
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This film describes how Puerto Rico, with too many people and too few resources, created an industrial economy and emerged from colonial rule to self - government. Governor Luis Muños Marin here decsribes his "Operation Bootstrap" program, interviewed on-camera with director Bill Deneen. The script was written by noted novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard.
Topics: Encyclopedia Britannica Films, William Deneen, Puerto Rico, Luis Muños Marin, Operation Bootstrap
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by Bert Salzman
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A bilingual girl of Mexican-American parents has ambitions to be teacher. She gets early experience when she helps her uncle learn English so he can obtain a driver’s license for a new job. Awards: Columbus Film Festival : ”Best Film in category” Aired on CBS Children’s Film Festival
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
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Director Piers Jessop’s 'Middle Ages - A Wanderer's Guide To Life and Letters,' is full of humor (some of it, wonderfully, on the dark side), and is a tour-de-force for the brilliant acting of Nicholas Pennell as ‘Robert,’ a fun-loving, arty, bawdy, and roguish guide to the culture, politics, and mores of the year 1350. Athletic and erudite, Pennell stole kisses, ran from pursuers, and leapt obstacles as he engaged the viewer by proving that old times may not have been all that different...
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This wonderful film traces the steps taken in creating and shooting a television commercial for Post Grape Nuts. This film was produced by George Gage Productions, which filmed the commercial, starring the legendary Euell Gibbons, for the Benton & Bowles advertising agency, with lots of discussions & outtakes. The funky "Cranberry Rag" played by pianist Paul McDonough is delightful.
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Topics: advertising, Euell Gibbons
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by William Deneen
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Here, Filmmaker Bill Deneen accompanies a Franciscan priest, John Farrell, and his boat 'Pio XII,' as they ply the backwaters of the Amazon River. There are many ethnographic elements to the film, one of the most notable of which is a ceremony in which a man stands in the sun, his hand being eaten by soldier ants, in a village ritual. Deneen was attacked by piranhas and bitten during the filming. For more on Deneen, visit http://www.afana.org/deneen.htm
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Topics: Catholic, Brazil, Amazonas
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William F. Deneen
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In this film, Deneen starred his wife and three sons (all uncredited), after he'd arranged a trade with Italian Lines for free passage for his family in return for a film about the liner S.S. Leonardo Da Vinci. Deneen states that 90% of the shots were filmed on the Da Vinci, and another 10% were filmed aboard the S.S. Michelangelo on his return voyage. The film is a remarkable children's film as well as serving as an important document of one of the most advanced ocean liners of its day, now...
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Topics: academic film, bill deneen
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Carson Davidson
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favorite 9
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A portrait of the Third Avenue Elevated Railway in New York City in 1955. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. The music is Haydn’s Concerto in D, played by harpsichordist Wanda Landowska. Davidson was a great fan of Landowska, and the rights to the music were held by HMV, who told the filmmaker that he could use the music, provided Landowska gave her approval. Through her secretary, Davidson discovered that Landowska distrusted filmmakers, had only seen one film in her life (which she...
Topics: New York City, Trains, Elevated Railway
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Paul Hoefler Productions
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favorite 12
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Here, Willard Hahn travels to the village of San Diego de Tecoltepec, 6 miles from Toluca. He focuses on the harvesting of maguey juice, the washing of clothes in-stream, and the town’s water cistern, as the village has no running water. The villagers board a beautiful old bus to take their goods to the nearby market in Toluca, and walk home to avoid paying the fare of several centavos.
Topic: Mexico, Toluca, maguey, bus
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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eye 3,215
favorite 8
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A young Apache boy is torn between the traditions of his heritage and the challenging life led by his cousin, who left the reservation to become an astronomer. The boy is also faced with deciding whether to keep a tribal artifact from his grandfather or trade it for a new TV. He does the latter in order to buy a birthday present for the grandfather. However, when Geronimo turns on the TV, the two are instantly reminded of the relationship of the Native American to contemporary society. The...
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Topic: Bert Salzman
A/V Geeks
by National Education Association and Affiliated State Education Associations
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Shows how a teacher, by helping a first-grade child to discover his need for learning, teachers him to read, write, and do arithmetic. To license this film and get a higher quality version for broadcast/film purposes, contact A/V Geeks LLC .
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by Encyclopedia Britannica, Charles L. Finance
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'Controversy Over the Moon' (1971) 15m, dir. Charles L. Finance. This film describes the efforts of scientists to determine the composition of the moon and how it affects the solar system, what meteors aremade from and how craters are formed. The debate here, between geologists Jack Green, who advocates vulcanism, and Eugene M. Shoemaker, who advocates meteorite collision, is over what caused the Copernicus carter. Another in the AGI (American Geological Institute)'Eath Science' series of films...
Topics: afana, moon, geology, meteors, craters, astrology, volcanoes
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'Bertrand Russell Discusses Mankind's Future' (1960) 14m, director uncredited. In an interview with Woodrow Wyatt, Lord Russell envisions an organized and static world. He also points out man's capability, through education and self - knowledge, to abolish war, poverty and disease.
Topic: philosophy
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Encyclopaedia Britannica Educational Corporation
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In 1959, Prince Edward County, Virginia, closed its public schools rather than integrate them. White children went to publicly aided private schools while black students went to free schools staffed by volunteers. In 1964, the Supreme Court ordered the schools opened to all, but 90 percent of the whites stayed in private schools. The film shows a whites-only prom off-campus in a private club. Lots of poignant interviews by director John Barnes, with people fearing mixed marriages, etc. The film...
Topics: integration, segregation, civil rights, Bill of Rights, Constitution
Academic Film Archive of North America
by William Deneen
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Presents an adaptation of the novel of the same title by D.H. Lawrence, about a young, sensitive English boy whose rocking horse empowers him to predict winning racehorses at the eventual cost of his life.
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Clifford B West
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Born in Italy in 1915, Bertoia eventually moved to Michigan, attended Cass Technical High School, where he was introduced to metals, and moved on to the Cranbrook Academy, where he met fellow student Clifford West. Shortly after his marriage in 1943 (West was his best man), Bertoia moved to California at the behest of his friend Charles Eames, and collaborated on the design of the famous Eames Chair, produced by Knoll Associates. In the 1950s, he set up his own studio in Bally, Pennsylvania,...
Topic: Clifford B West
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Adam Dziesinski; Oddball Films
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This tribute video was made for the late Stephen Parr (1953-2017), founder of the Oddball Film Archives in San Francisco, California, by Oddball researcher Adam Dziesinski. Stephen had amassed some 50,000 reels of film and was one of the most prominent --- and loved --- archivists in the world. An obituary written by Laura Wenus in "Mission Life" quotes archivist Rick Prelinger: “Archives tend to be really closed places, behind closed doors, mysterious and to serve some people and...
Topic: film archive
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by William Deneen
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This is a story about a Japanese child who loses a friend, gains a treasured possession, and learns that growing up often means sacrificing one end to gain another. Pictures life in a Japanese home and school, revealing the attitudes, customs, and problems of a farm family living on the edge of a city. Filmed in central Honshu. The narrator is Bill Deneen, who uses a Japanese accent. According to Denneen, this film nearly didn't get distributed. According to Deneen, when EB Films' president...
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by David W. Ridgway
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This classic film is hosted by Glenn Seaborg, Nobel Prize winner and discoverer of Plutonium. Here, he features three principal chemists involved in the discovery and identification of the transuranium elements, Burris Cunningham, Stanley Thompson and Albert Ghiorso. The film reviews methods and techniques for discovery and identification of transuranium elements. One of the CHEM Study series of films.
Topics: chemistry, atom
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by John Barnes
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This passionate interplay between the girl-queen and the wily conqueror provides the groundwork for George Bernard Shaw’s contention that there has been no social progress in the so-called Christian era, founded as it is upon judgment, guilt, and punishment, an era that can be characterized as "one of the bloodiest and most discreditable episodes" in the history of humankind. This is the third and final film in Barnes' 'Shaw vs. Shakespeare' series, starring Donald Moffat, Richard...
Topics: Shaw, Moffat, Kiley, Grossman
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Thomas G. Smith
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A personal experimental stop motion film made by educational filmmaker, Thomas G. Smith. About the film, Tom wrote the following in the third person: "Chess (1964) was an experimental, stop-motion film shot using a spring-wound, 16mm Bolex, while Smith was in the Air Force (1962/1965). He had just played in an armed forces chess tournament. Though good enough to advance to the finals, he was in over his head and soundly beaten by a Marine Colonel in the Armed Forces Worldwide Chess...
Topics: avant-garede jazz, free jazz
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Bert Salzman
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Miguel, a Puerto Rican boy has moved to New York City with his family. He finds his ability to speak English and Spanish puts him at an advantage in assisting his family in their new surroundings. Miguel later stretches his ingenuity to an extreme when, to put food on his family’s table, he goes fishing in the heavily polluted East River. A moving and amusing film with many suprises. Awards: Winner Columbus Film Festival; Best in Category Aired on CBS Childrens Film Festival Columbus Film...
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Topic: Bert Salzman
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Gordon Weisenborn
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As far as we have been able to determine, this film is the first nationally distributed educational film to embrace the interaction of races and cultures in the United States. Ostensibly a child's film, it's the story of a boy in Minnesota who builds a toy boat and sends it on a journey southward along the Mississippi River. Meandering through scenery beautifully photographed by Barnes, the boat serves as a metaphor for the integration of the American cultures; the boat is found by a Chippewa...
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by Dick McCutchen, Thomas Galvin
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Follows two Oklahoma wildcatters as they prepare to sink a well. Shows their drilling operations for the Big Chief Drilling Company in Garfield County, OK; Only 1 out of 9 wells are wet, and it takes them 22 days and 6,750 feet to figure it out.
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Topics: oil, petroleum, Oklahoma
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by EDC (Education Development Center)
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Professor Byron L Youtz uses a stream of electrons accelerated through mercury vapor to show that the kinetic energy of the electrons is transferred to the mercury atoms only in discrete packets of energy. Establishes the association of the quantum of energy with a line in the spectrum of mercury. Points out that the Frank-Hertz experiment was one of the earliest indications of the existence of internal energy states within the atom. Includes an epilogue by James Franck. A PSSC (Physical...
Topics: physics, PSSC, experiments, electrons
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by Wolf Koenig
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This hilarious silent experimental film was made by Koenig, and explored abstract art as it related to alcohol-induced myopia. Filmed in the studio of animators Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart, it was never released, and stars National Film Board of Canada stalwarts Stanley Jackson as the painter, and director Roman Kroitor as the subject.
Topics: filmmakers, abstractart, alcohol
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by Gardner-Denver Company/Calvin Films
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This film shows the assembly on dry land of components that will make up Big Chief Drilling Company's Rig 34. After assembly, it's all tugged on two barges 60 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, where the oil drilling platform is completely assembled at sea.
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ray Garner
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'Ancient World, The: Egypt' (1951) 66m, dir. Ray Garner. This film taces the story of Egypt from the prehistoric period to the time of the Ptolemies, focusing on the Nile, temples, pyramids and the Sphinx. Here, Garner showcases a single shot of ruins as light and dark as clouds pass, a signature of his. The filmmaker waxes poetic in this statement: "For Egypt is a monument, not to the conqueror or statesman, but to the artist, the architect, the painter, the sculptor, whose works will...
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by William Deneen
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favorite 5
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Here we witness the activities of a boy and his sister during harvest time in the Andalucian mountain village of Álora, 40km north of Málaga, in Spain, showing their life at home, at school, in the village plaza and in the orchards and fields. This whitewashed village with steep cobblestone streets was formerly home to Cervantes, and reputedly the birthplace of the Malagueñas style of flamenco music. The film depicts a life that may no longer exist in southern Spain, and ends with a...
Topics: andalucia, andalusia
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Reginald LeBorg
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‘Jose Iturbi: Part I’ (1946) 10m, dir. Reginald LeBorg. Iturbi here performs dazzling piano interpretations of 'Sevilla' by Albeniz and 'Fantasie - Impromptu' by Chopin.
Topics: classical Music, piano
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by Thomas G. Smith
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favorite 6
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This important film presents the American Indian speaking for himself ---discussing what he wants and how he feels. It features historically important Native Americans such as Chief Dan George and Lame Deer, and focuses on three American Indian tribes and how they are surviving. Reverend Cliff Hill describes how the Muskogee Creek are fighting to maintain their language, and the Ceremonial Stomp Dance is shown. Medicine Man Lame Deer (John Fire) addresses aspects of the Rosebud Sioux existence,...
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by Stanley Croner
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favorite 3
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This film examines many features of today's landscapes which cannot be explained by processes at work around them, and explains that observation of the work of modern glaciers establishes that these anomalies could only have been caused by a massive sheet of moving ice. It proposes the hypothesis that glacial ice moved south at least four times in geologic history, and that its shape and size correspond approximately with the distribution of glacial features. This is one in the series of...
Topics: afana, ice age, glacier, geology
Academic Film Archive of North America
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favorite 4
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Using the radioactive decay of cosmic ray mu-mesons shows the dilation of time in a filmed experiment which takes place on top of Mt. Washington, N.H. and at M.I.T.in Cambridge, Mass. Explains how data are taken to determine the time distribution of the decays of mu-mesons at rest. Determines the counting rate for mu-mesons with speeds of about .99 the speed of light which arrive on top of Mt. Washington and measures the number that survive to reach sea level. Deduces from the experimental...
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Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Yvonne Anderson
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Provincetown: 1953 The First Summer (2007) 6m. This extraordinary home movie is essentially a time capsule of Provincetown, Massachusetts, as it was in the summer of 1953, consisting of old stills and silent black and white film. In 1953, Yvonne Andersen and Betty King, art students at LSU, went to Provincetown for the summer to study with painter Hans Hofmann. Living there at the same time, aspiring writer Dominic Falcone. The trio met in Provincetown, and for a time were all working at the...
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by Carson "Kit" Davidson
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The third in a series of films that Kit Davidson made on railways (the others are 'Third Avenue El' and 'Railway with a heart of Gold'), this film is staged on the Mount Washington (NH) cog railway. Winner of the Silver Medal,Venice Intl Festival, and Golden Eagle CINE awards. For more on the filmmaker, visit www.afana.org/davidsoncarson.htm
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Topics: Mt. Washington, cog railway, New Hampshire
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by Physical Science Study Committee.; Modern Learning Aids
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Shows the four ways that light traveling in a straight line can be bent: by diffraction, scattering, refraction, and reflection. Refraction is illustrated by underwater photography. From the PSSC Physics series. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ralph Adams
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favorite 7
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This film showcases the work of the Jiménez family of Oaxaca, and the legendary Zapotec potter Doña Rosa Real de Nieto, and her traditional technique of below-ground firing.
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Topics: Dona Rosa de Nieto, Oaxaca, Mexico, Zapotec
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Francis J. Rose, Highway Safety Films
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favorite 11
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This film, made for the Highway Safety Foundation, was shot at a Sunbeam appliance factory, was meant to show 60's plant managers how to prevent employee theft. The plant is surrounded by barbed wire, and the good guys go around checking lunch pails (one of the employees is shown hiding a clothes iron in it beforehand). Right off the bat, you start pulling for the employees, taking glee in every theft. Terrible microphone placement is one of the hallmarks of this remarkable period piece on...
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Topics: afana, highway safety films, academic film, employee theft
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by William Deneen
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favorite 4
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Dramatizes everyday events in the life of a Midwest settler's family from a child's viewpoint, illustrating school and community activities as well as home life, and stressing the self-sufficiency of the early settler. The script was written by noted novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard.
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Ralph Adams
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favorite 5
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Adams is a filmmaker whose life and work appear to be completely unknown today, as we have conducted a fruitless search to obtain biographical and filmographic information. He covered a breadth of territory, and we suspect that he might have made dozens of films on Mexican themes. His narration is not the most compelling, but he was a very good cinematographer, and apparently insisted upon superior print materials, as his color is exceptional for the era. Here, he describes the myriad uses of...
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Topics: maguey, pulque
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Johanna Alemann
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Describes man's lack of technical progress until the Industrial Revolution, when the discovery of steam as a source of power brought rapid advances. Depicts the nineteenth century and the vast changes in living conditions caused by the utilization of steam. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm
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Topics: train, locomotive, railroad, railway
Academic Film Archive of North America
by José Pavón
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José Guadalupe Posada (1852-1913) was an important Mexican satirist, known for his engravings and broadsides, pillorying the excesses of the regime of Porfirio Díaz. His graphical invention, the Calavera de la Catrina, has become iconic in Mexico, portrayed in print and sculpture. This film provides a history of the artist and his times.
Topics: Catrina, calavera, cientificos, Porfirio Diaz
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Thomas G. Smith
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favorite 17
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This film shows experiments which illustrate the way in which light normally moves, how it bends and is refracted, how a prism separates white light into its component colors, and various applications of lasers. About the film, producer Tom Smith writes: "Learning About Light” (1975) is one of a series of junior high physics films made by Thomas Smith. In addition to this film, the 6-film series include: “Learning about Sound,” “Learning about Magnetism,” “Learning about...
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by Irving Rusinow
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favorite 12
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Through the clever use of children's clay models, this film decscribes the functions of various individuals associated with the school, including principals, teachers, cafteria workers, crossing gurads, custodians, and the PTA. The audience for this film would have been first-graders. While they do not have significant roles, the Asian and Black students in the class represent one of the earliest examples of integrated classrooms shown in academic film.
Topics: elementary school, integration
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by Johanna Alemann
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Describes the foundations of European culture and society in the Middle Ages, from 1200 to 1500 ACE. Discusses the church, nobility, and the emperors, three pillars of early medieval society. Describes changes that reshaped Europe and resulted in the present Western civilization, including the advent of small towns along trade routes, the Magna Carta, the development of the middle class, and the formation of hospitals and universities. Explains the intellectual awakening during the transition...
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by Clifford B. West
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Here, director Clifford B. West looks at the art of casting Renaissance bronzes as a historian, appreciator, critic, and craftsman. This film traces bronze from its discovery in Mesopotamia in the third millenium BCE to the 20th century. The film begins with historian Bruno Bearzi showing Donatello's modifications, and his 14 separate castings, on the colossal bronze of St. Louis of Toulouse at the Museo dell'Opera. Then, a visit to the Hades-like Fonderia Ferdinando Marinelli, where four...
Topics: Donatello, Museo Dell'Opera, Harry Bertoia
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by David Loeb Weiss.
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(1978) 30m, dir. David Loeb Weiss. On July 2, 1978, the last hot lead edition of the New York Times rolled off the presses. Weiss, a proofreader for the Times, documented the phasing out of this historical process, and what impresses us now, beyond the Ludlow machine (which casts the lead at 535 degrees), the Linotype machine (operated for the last time by Carl Schlesinger, who also narrates the film), and the presses, is the incredible noise generated by all these people and devices. The...
Topics: newspaper, linotype, typesetting
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by William Deneen Productions
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Sponsored by the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, filmmaker Bill Deneen traveled three days by bullock cart to the remote leper colony run by Father Cesare Columbo in Kengtung (Kyiang Tong), Burma. Intended to be a film to be used for fundraising, the film is a fascinating documentary about a humanitarian effort that would soon be terminated by the Burmese government. The film is a precursor to 'Happy City'(also available on the Internet Archive), which Deneen made on Father Columbo's...
Topics: Burma, Myanmar, leprosy, Hansen's Disease, Cesare Colombo
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Reino Randall and Richard Townsend
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This highly informative, well-made film focused on four geograophical areas: 1) Coyotepec, 2) Metepec (the art of Timotéo), 3) Tonalá (the work of Señores Palacios and Galván), 4) Puebla. Here we see low-fire pottery making as it was done by primitive methods before the potter's wheel, and the manufacture of the beautiful blue and white Talavera and polychrome high-fire pottery of Puebla.
Topics: Tonala, Puebla'Mexico
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by Irving Rusinow
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favorite 5
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8th grader Mike wears a perfecto, idolizes a dropout, and hates the new school. He challenged it by slashing an ugly mark on its front. Then he found that the mark would stay on the wall and on his conscience until he removed it by his own decision. Mike's only interest is in electronics, and he repairs radios as a hobby. His counselor and teachers use his interest in electronics to prompt him to improve his reading and attitude. This Guidance film serves two audiences, students with...
Topics: school, tagging, grafitti, perfecto, elecronics
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by Clifford B. West
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Filmmaker and artist Clifford West here surveys the life and work of Arnold Blanch, showing him as a teacher and painter in Woodstock, New Jersey. West, who more than 25 films on artists and aspects of art history between 1958 and 1981, utilizes a camera-as-brush technique more in keeping with the approach taken by a painter than a filmmaker. West's serpentine zooms and pans emulate the non-linear way an individual looks at a piece, as opposed to the manner in which a more traditional...
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Topics: art, painting, fine arts
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by Thomas G Smith
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This 17-minute film presents the basics of sound beginning with it source – vibrations emitting sound waves. We visualize the sound waves with an oscilloscope showing amplitude and frequency. Tapping on a stretch of steel rail,we compare the speed sound travels in solid steel to the speed of sounds in air. Scenes explore both electronically synthesized musical sounds with acoustical instruments. The film concludes with ways of controlling noise pollution. Produced, written and directed by:...
Topics: academic film, sound, noise pollution
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Robert Legrande; Jean Dasque
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‘Ohrid Express’ (1965) 12m, dir. Robert Legrande/Jean Dasque. We join the idyllic world of conductor Petra Mihalowski, whose slow, narrow-gauge Macedonian train was built in 1895, and runs from Presak to Orhid. Here are charming scenes of laundry washed by the lake, the soapy water heated in large copper kettles.
Topics: train, Macedonia, Yugoslavia, locomotive
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr.
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'Birds of the Inland Waterways' (1946) 11m, dir. Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr. Presents various birds of inland waterways in their native habitat: the belted kingfisher in underground nests, glossy ibis, avocet, red-backed sandpiper, Canada goose and several members of the heron family. For more on Pettingill, visit http://www.afana.org/pettingill.htm
Topics: birds, academic film, afana
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by Orville Goldner
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Beautiful color film on Doña Rosa de Nieto, from San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca, Mexico, showing her making an olla, and firing her creations in an underground kiln.
Topics: olla, Zapotec, Dona Rose de Nieto
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by Marshall Segall
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In 1959, social scientist Marshall Segall traveled to Uganda to study the effects of the breaking down of colonialism on the individual citizen. He chose to focus on the Ba-yankole group,in the area of Mbarara, Ankole region. Although not a filmmaker, used a Bolex camera to make a record of his trip. The result, Gentle Winds of Change Uganda (1961, Columbia U) is a fascinating pastiche of social scenes, such as the making of plantain beer, and a local wedding, and political commentary. Several...
Topics: Ankole, wedding'plantain, beer, milton obate, Mbarara
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by William Deneen
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Hosted by Ubud's political leader Agung Jakarta Sulawesi Mas, Deneen here visits important sites and describes the political, religious, and economic situation on the island of Bali in the Indonesia of 1959.
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Topic: Agang Djakorta Sulawesi Mas
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by Edith Sperry
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'Village Potters of Onda' (1966) 27m, dir. Edith Sperry. Shows the activities and ways of life of Japanese folk potters in Onda, a romote village in the mountains of North Central Kyushu, Japan. Presents a detailed account of traditional pottery - making techniques which have remained relatively unchanged for more than250 years. 9 families in village make pottery, including Sakamoto, Yunase (sp?), Kokakuro (sp?). Techniques originated in Korea. Use a total of 7 glazes, kiln is fired every two...
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Topics: pottery, Japan, craft
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by Physical Science Study Committee.; Modern Learning Aids
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Shows several models to illustrate both the bulk motion and random motion of molecules. Shows their interconnection as the energy of bulk motion. Discusses thermal conduction and absolute temperature scale. For more info on PSSC films and their history, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
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Topic: pssc. physics
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by J. Donald McIntyre
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María Martinez was a well-known and historically significant Jemez potter from San Ildefonso, New Mexico, whose work is in most major southwestern museum pottery collections. Here, she is seen building large pieces by building coiling ropes of clay.
Topics: pottery, San Ildefonso, Maria Martinez
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by Jean Mailland
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A fine documentary of silk weaving in Lyons, France
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Topics: silk, weaving, Lyons, France
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by Carson Davidson
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A tour of Italy, with a view of the life of the Italian people. Follows a couple of bicyclists in the valley of Aosta, showing typical views of life in out of the way places. Included are a number of small portraits of Italians telling about working as an artistic blacksmith, interacting with visitors as a gondolier, and showing a historic home to interested strangers. Made for Alitalia Airlines. Preserved by the Academy Film Archive. For more on filmmaker Carson Davidson, visit...
Topics: Italy, Travel, Alitalia, Blacksmith, Bicycling, Train
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Willard Hahn
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Here, Willard Hahn films the Chaco region of Paraguay, exploring the ranch of American Bob Eaton, featuring Ligua Indian vaqueros. Also shown is a hand-cranked radio "bringing civilization to the wild Chaco." Also featuring the Mennonite settlement of Filadelfia, old streetcar in Asunción. For more on Willard Hahn, visit www.afana.org/hahnwillard.htm
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by Thomas G. Smith
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Essentially a film on photosynthesis, this film includes demonstrations and drawings to show how life on earth relies on the sun for energy. It describes the basic processes by which plants and animals obtain the sun's energy stored in food, and how this energy is converted into food. The avant-garde jazz music score is thought to be performed by the Art Ensemble of Chicago. About the music, director Tom Smith notes: "It was a group of perhaps five or six musicians led by a pianist. The...
Topics: food, Art Ensemble of Chicago, sun, animal
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Peter Winograd
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‘Modoc’ (1980) 15m, dir. Peter Winograd. The story of the 1873 Modoc Indian War against the encroachment of white settlers, who "brought smallpox, whisky, and Christianity". Tired of life on the reservation, this tribe, numbering 150, took back their ancestral lands, killing 14 settlers in the process. Union troops were routed when they attempted to fight the Modocs, who defended their territory from atop the rugged lava-encrusted hills along the California-Oregon border. Another...
Topics: academic film, Native American, modoc, native american
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by Physical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Physical Science Study Committee.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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Professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume show how the over-all effect of a very large number of random events can be very predictable, using several unusual games to bring out the statistical nature of this predictability. They explain the predictable nature of radioactive decay in terms of what is shown. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
Academic Film Archive of North America
by Willis Simms, Bailey Films
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Here, a cartoon circus is created by Willis Simm's animation class at Hughes Jr. High School, Woodland Hills, California, with a musical soundtrack performed by Hughes' music teacher Robert Clark. The film is reminiscent of Alexander Calder Performs his "Circus" (Whitney Museum, 1955). This film takes an approach similar to that of Calder, whimsical, poetic, fantastic, but created by his junior high students, rather than the artist himself. For more on Simms, visit...
Topic: animation
Academic Film Archive of North America
by John Barnes
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Shows the tight editorial and technical teamwork responsible for a local television news program. Depicts reporters interviewing actor Burt Reynolds and actress Dyan Cannon, examining the effects of an emergency water main break and covering a massive demonstration on Park Avenue. Features WABC anchorman Roger Grimsby, reporters Bill Beutel, Geraldo Rivera, Robert Labe, and Melba Tolliver.
Topics: television, news
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by Physical Science Study Committee. Physics.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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John Shive explains that pulse propagation on ropes and slinkies shows elementary characteristics of waves, such as different speeds in different media. He uses a torsion bar wave machine to repeat these experiments to demonstrate reflection and other phenomena. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit http://www.afana.org/psscfilms.htm
Topics: pssc, physics
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by William Deneen
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This film provides contrasts and similarities among the three countries. In Norway, Deneen visits with a fishing family from the small city of Alesund, in Denmark, with a farm family, and in Sweden, with the family of a glassworker. The countries are contrasted in terms of natural resources and reliance on trade.
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by Physical Science Study Committee.; Educational Services, Inc.; Modern Talking Picture Service, inc.
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Explains the law of universal gravitation by imagining a solar system of one star and one planet. Professors Patterson Hume and Donald Ivey as inhabitants of planet X describe the process by which they derived the law in their solar system. Demonstrates the kinematics and dynamics of planetary motion using a large turntable as a model of a solar system. Displays satellite orbits as figured by a digital computer. For more info on PSSC, its history, and films, visit...
Topics: pssc, physics
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This was a remarkable film made as part of one of the most inventive series of films made for young learners, the 20-part 'Inventive Child' series, distributed in North America by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films. The film is an animated, non-narrated story about an extremely inventive boy, who develops a phonograph from materials found around the farm, beginning with a platter made from a pottery wheel. When his home phono is completed, the dog barks on the platter scare away a fox that has been...
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by Milan Herzog
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'Otra Carta' was the final film in the 'La Familia Fernández' series of 54 Spanish language instruction films distributed by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films (EB) in 1965, produced by Milan Herzog and directed by Irving Rusinow. The curriculum developer was John W. Oller. Here, various sites in Mexico City are shown, including the relatively traffic-free Avenida de la Reforma, and and the flower-laden boats of Xochimilco. For more on EB's foreign-language instruction films of the early 1960s,...
Topic: Encyclopedia Britannica Films
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by Ray Garner
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'Ancient World, The: Greece' (1955) 66m, dir. ray Garner. This film recreates the ancient Greek world through its extant art and literature. The narration is from translations of Greek authors, including Hesiod, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, and Plutarch, and accompanies visual impressions of Greek religious philosophy and history through the golden age. The film features spectacular footage of Crete, Knossos, Mycenae, and the sculptures of...
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by Ray Garner
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'Ancient World, The: Egypt' (1951) 66m, dir. Ray Garner. This film taces the story of Egypt from the prehistoric period to the time of the Ptolemies, focusing on the Nile, temples, pyramids and the Sphinx. Here, Garner showcases a single shot of ruins as light and dark as clouds pass, a signature of his. The filmmaker waxes poetic in this statement: "For Egypt is a monument, not to the conqueror or statesman, but to the artist, the architect, the painter, the sculptor, whose works will...